Monday, May 31st 2010

Biostar LGA-1155 Socket Motherboards Based on 6-Series Chipsets Spotted

Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processor architecture which uses the new LGA-1155 socket seems to be closer than one would think, with motherboard vendors such as Biostar being ready with motherboards that run those processors. The motherboard vendor showed off two socket LGA-1155 motherboards that are based on the Intel P67 and H67 chipsets. The P67 is engineered to be the chipset for processors that need discrete graphics, the chipset lacks the Intel FDI technology needed to connect the processors' embedded graphics controller to display outputs on the motherboard, whereas the H67 does, and is designed for processors with embedded graphics.

The first spot is the TP67XE, based on the P67. This ATX motherboard has all the features of a mid-range performance board. The processor is powered by a 4+2 phase VRM, it is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory. It is said that the Sandy Bridge processors will have higher reference DRAM speeds than present Nehalem/Westmere chips (which have DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333 depending on the model), expansion slots include one PCI-Express x16, one PCI-E x16 (electrical x4), two PCI-E x1, and two PCI. While the board has padding for a 2-port 3rd party USB 3.0 controller, it is indicated that Intel 6-series chipsets will finally introduce native SATA 6 Gb/s.

Next up is the TH67XE, which is based on the H67. This micro-ATX form-factor board includes all the essentials, and looks to get a value market position. A simpler CPU VRM is used, and expansion includes one each of PCI-Express x16, PCI-E x16 (electrical x4), PCI-E x1, and PCI. It features display connectivity. We are probably two quarters away from seeing any concrete signs of LGA-1155 from reaching the market.Source: HardwareZone
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11 Comments on Biostar LGA-1155 Socket Motherboards Based on 6-Series Chipsets Spotted

#1
caleb
I just love the cappucino white :X
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#2
HillBeast
Looks good, but I'm still a little erked that Intel are changing platform again. I know why they are doing it, it's just a little annoying. It kind of makes me partly want Sandy Bridge to fail so I won't need to buy it when it comes out.
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#3
Flanker
hopefully we wont need new mounting kits for our HSF in this new socket
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#4
xaira
bulldozer is close too, so sandy can suck a duck, amd where are you, these guys are ready with the architecture after the architecture that k10 was competing with
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#5
Yellow&Nerdy?
Damn Intel and it's sockets. Seriously, after Sandy Bridge comes out, there will be 4 different kinds of sockets, that will be sold: LGA775, 1155, 1156, and 1366, where AMD only has 2: AM2+ and AM3. And AMD even put in the effort of putting a DDR2 controller on the Thubans, so even people who own old AM2+ motherboards can update their CPU if they want to. Intel should really take that into notice, and not just introduce a bunch of sockets, hoping to sell more motherboards. And now, they are even being left behind in terms of features. AMD already has native SATA3, Intel doesn't.

Is it just me, or do those boards look ridiculously cheap, ugly and seem to have bad build quality? I mean seriously, no 90 degree SATA-connectors? But then, they are Biostar boards.

If AMD can really nail it with Bulldozer and Fusion, they might just be able to shake Intels position as top dog.
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HillBeast
by: Yellow&Nerdy?
Damn Intel and it's sockets. Seriously, after Sandy Bridge comes out, there will be 4 different kinds of sockets, that will be sold: LGA775, 1155, 1156, and 1366, where AMD only has 2: AM2+ and AM3. And AMD even put in the effort of putting a DDR2 controller on the Thubans, so even people who own old AM2+ motherboards can update their CPU if they want to. Intel should really take that into notice, and not just introduce a bunch of sockets, hoping to sell more motherboards. And now, they are even being left behind in terms of features. AMD already has native SATA3, Intel doesn't.

Is it just me, or do those boards look ridiculously cheap, ugly and seem to have bad build quality? I mean seriously, no 90 degree SATA-connectors? But then, they are Biostar boards.

If AMD can really nail it with Bulldozer and Fusion, they might just be able to shake Intels position as top dog.
Well techinally it will be 1155 and the new equivalent of 1366 (1365?), not 775, 1155, 1156, and 1366. 775 is gone now and only remains due to stocks and manufacturers not moving on yet, and 1366 and 1156 will become outdated with Sandy Bridge. I do agree it's stupid how many times they are changing sockets, but the reason is that with 1366 they added QPI and IMC, then 1156 added PCI-E. AMD had HT and IMC in AM2 already and all they have done since is increase the HT speed. They haven't needed to change anything because AM2 was so suitable. I don't know why they need to go to 1155 though. I don't see why they can't just do smething like 1156+ or something...

Also as for the boards looking rubbish, it's because they are. They only have 4 power phases. They will only be samples anyway. Wait for Gigabyte or Asus to make a board and then we can see what it will be like.
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a_ump
by: HillBeast
Well techinally it will be 1155 and the new equivalent of 1366 (1365?), not 775, 1155, 1156, and 1366. 775 is gone now and only remains due to stocks and manufacturers not moving on yet, and 1366 and 1156 will become outdated with Sandy Bridge. I do agree it's stupid how many times they are changing sockets, but the reason is that with 1366 they added QPI and IMC, then 1156 added PCI-E. AMD had HT and IMC in AM2 already and all they have done since is increase the HT speed. They haven't needed to change anything because AM2 was so suitable. I don't know why they need to go to 1155 though. I don't see why they can't just do smething like 1156+ or something...

Also as for the boards looking rubbish, it's because they are. They only have 4 power phases. They will only be samples anyway. Wait for Gigabyte or Asus to make a board and then we can see what it will be like.
the new highend socket from intel is supposed to be LGA-2011. what a monster
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#8
cauby
eeh,so what do i do with my OLD LGA 1156 platform??
really,it hasn't been even two years after 1156 was first introduced.Wasn't it supposed to replace Intel's old Core 2 Duo,Quad and etc?I just don't get this,I'll have to wait and see for myself.
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#9
pr0n Inspector
No one forces you to upgrade.

Besides, these boards aren't hard to make as all the big changes are contained within the CPU. Not surprising to see them pop up so early.
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#10
AhokZYashA
luckily my LGA775 is still sufficient for me, and for an upgrade LGA2011 seems lika an option.
lol,
so many sockets, intel.. = BAD..
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#11
v12dock
Alright boys go hunt down some AMD engineers and get the inside on Bulldozer
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